Transportation Officials Plan Meeting on South Coast Rail


TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) — State transportation officials are planning a public meeting to discuss ongoing efforts to develop a South Coast commuter rail line from Boston to New Bedford and Fall River.

The meeting is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Martin Middle School in Taunton.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation last month filed a draft supplemental environmental impact report for the project.

The report describes MassDOT’s approach to providing the new commuter rail service by taking advantage of existing active freight rail lines.

South Coast rail service could eventually help bring regular commuter rail service from Middleboro to Buzzards Bay.

Under the proposal, the state plans to deliver the new service to Taunton, Fall River and New Bedford by late in 2022.

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker has described the latest filing as “a vital step toward bringing reliable, affordable rail service to the South Coast.”

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